Regional Office 5000 Westown Parkway Suite 340 West Des Moines, IA 50266 phone: (515) 414-3200 fax: (515) 221-7994
Accepting Nominations for the Judy Willis Volunteer of the Year and From the Heart Awards!
Judy Willis was passionate about her community and was dedicated to helping others. She was Chair of the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball and Go Red for Women® Luncheon. She was a quiet leader but knew how to light up a room. Through the Volunteer of the Year Award, we honor Judy Willis for her kindness and compassion, for her time and resources, and for the lasting impact she made in the Des Moines community furthering the mission of the American Heart Association.
From the Heart Award: The From the Heart Award recognizes an individual in Central Iowa’s Medical Community whose achievements, advocacy, philanthropy and civic efforts have improved the lives of Iowans and Americans. The award is presented to the recipient each year at the Des Moines Heart Ball.
Selection Criteria for the From the Heart Award include:
The individual must be a licensed or retired medical professional in the state of Iowa.
The individual must symbolize the integrity and values of the American Heart Association.
Accomplishments can include activities conducted on a division, affiliate or national level with the American Heart Association.
The individual must demonstrate a distinguished contribution of lasting and continuing nature to the mission of the American Heart Association – Building Healthier Lives Free of Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke.
We funded 83 new research studies in the past 5 years (2010-2014) at three Iowa universities at a cost of more than $9.4 million:
Coe College, Cedar Rapids
Iowa State University, Ames
University of Iowa, Iowa City at a cost of more than $7.56 million.
Nationwide, we invest almost $145 million a year ($3.7 billion since 1949) in heart and stroke research that has led to recent breakthroughs such as clot-busting drugs and drug-eluting stents. Healthcare providers learn about medical advances and new treatment guidelines though our journals, conferences and online courses.